Friday, 30 March 2012

Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad with Broccoli Stir Fry

I get a seasonal vegetable box delivered. I like it because it forces me to try new vegetables and recipes to make the most out of what I have. I shouldn't admit it but I'm going to: there are some vegetables I could live without. It's terrible I know but I could happily frolic through life without missing celery or leeks. There are also some vegetables that I adore for a short time but when they turn up in my fridge over and over again I'm tempted to put them on the compost. There's only so much cabbage a person can eat without genuine fear of becoming a brassica. This recipe was devised because of the cornucopia of vegetables residing in the fridge. You know it's time to use up as many as possible when you can no longer close the door. 

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Feed 4 for £6: Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Garlic Infused Olive Oil and Parmesan Pasta

Purple sprouting broccoli has to be one of my favourite vegetables. Its arrival on my plate with the warmer weather tells me that in a few weeks time I will be enjoying asparagus. It's delicate appearance and slightly sweet taste is brilliant with so many foods. I like mine nice and simple; with copious amounts of garlic infused oil and coronary shattering piles of Parmesan. 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Rhubarb Sorbet and Shortbread

Rhubarb has been making a few appearances of late and there are only so many crumbles you can eat without wishing for a little variety. Rhubarb has so far featured on here as Rhubarb and Custard and Rhubarb and Blood Orange Compote. It's been with something else; something to cushion the blow of its out and out sourness. Now is the time to embrace the wonderful cheek puckering that rhubarb provides with a decadent rhubarb sorbet.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sausage Rolls Four Ways

A good sausage roll is like a hug from an old friend. There's something about its warmth, flaking pastry and well seasoned squidgy middle. I thought that interfering with something so simple would be a travesty but it was in fact a revelation. I like to think of them as spruced up sausage rolls or sausage rolls with attitude.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Cornish Pasty

The Cornish pasty is an absolute classic. If you're ever in Cornwall you won't be far from one, you'll probably smell it before you see it. Originally from humble origins the pasty is now a celebrated meat and vegetable filled pastry. For those who don't know the pasty was the food of Cornish miners. The way it is folded over (with a thick edge of pastry on one side) meant that the miners didn't have to put their hands in their mouths when eating. It's a clever bit of pastry this and it got even cleverer when you had a savoury and sweet end separated by a wall of pastry. Meat and vegetables in one end and fruit or jam in the other. If I had one of these for my lunch I'd consider it pretty luxurious.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Jerusalem Artichoke Gratin, Buttered Spring Greens and Sausages

The daffodils are out which means Spring has sprung. Now is the time you might be considering giving your home a Spring clean. Coincidentally, Jerusalem artichokes are in supply at the moment and can assist with your Spring cleaning; that is, if you are also planning to clean your...for want of a better word...insides. Jerusalem artichokes will never win most attractive vegetable of the year but for what they lack in manners and appearance they more than make up for in taste.